Reputed gang boss Labar Spann’s Cook County Jail reign of terror
Saturday, October 14, 2017
by Sam Charles
While locked up at the Cook County Jail, reputed West Side gang leader Labar “Bro Man” Spann wanted everyone — jail guards, other inmates, the medical staff, even janitors — to know just how much power he wielded.
“I run this s—,” Spann, who’s now facing new, federal charges that accuse him of taking part in six killings, told another inmate in 2005, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. “No matter where you go on this compound, I’ll have your s— split.”
Between late 2003 and mid-2007, the Cook County sheriff’s office cited Spann —reputed boss of the brutal Four Corner Hustlers street gang — 17 times in disciplinary complaints, the records show.
In one instance, while threatening a corrections officer, Spann alluded to several unsolved murders having been carried out by his gang, according to the records.
Another time, they show, Spann sent a guard to the emergency room after attacking him with the wheelchair he’s used since being shot more than a decade ago.
Labar Spann was accused of taping three pens together to fashion this shank while being held on a murder charge at the Cook County Jail. | Cook County sheriff’s department
He also was cited repeatedly for making threats in the jail, fighting with other inmates and fashioning a jailhouse shank, as well as lesser infractions such as possessing roll-your-own cigarettes and matches and several instances of insubordination.
In all, he was found to have been involved in jailhouse threats, violence and other infractions an average of about once every two months between late 2003 and mid-2007 while being held on a murder charge.